To Cóvet. v.a. [convoiter, French.]
- To desire inordinately; to desire beyond due bounds.
If it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending man alive. Shakespeare's Henry V.
I am yet
Unknown to woman, never was forsworn,
Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,
at no time broke my faith. Shakespeare's Macbeth.
O father! can it be that souls sublime,
Return to visit our terrestrial clime?
And that the gen'rous mind, releas'd by death,
Can covet lazy limbs and mortal breath? Dryden's Æn.
- To desire earnestly.
But covet earnestly the best gifts. 1 Cor. xii. 31.